A new Japanese restaurant just opened, but a delicious Greek shop has closed.
Izakaya Ida, a new Japanese restaurant, just opened at 141 West 72nd Street, the former home of Communal. They’re serving a wide variety of dishes, including ramen, sushi rolls, yakitori and other Japanese specialties. An early Yelp reviewer predicts that “I know it’s going to be a success for a casual lunch or dinner. I didn’t try the Ramen but appreciate the opportunity to have a vegetarian Ramen which is rare.” Thanks to Danielle for the photos.
Anthi’s Greek Food (a personal favorite) on Amsterdam near 90th Street has closed its doors and there’s a marshal’s notice on the door saying the landlord has legal possession. The small shop sold all sorts of Greek specialties, from delicious spreads to spiral Spanakopita. Thanks To Abra Nicolle Nowitz and Jeff Rosenblum.
A new Starbucks is slated to open on the Southwest corner of West End Avenue and 61st Street, several tipsters tell us. It will be next to the Soulcycle at 21 West End Avenue. Thanks to Lisbeth, Andrew and others for the tips. On a relative basis, that area is a Starbucks desert. You would have to walk almost five blocks to find another Starbucks!
Cohen’s Optical is open at 2618 Broadway near 99th Street. Thanks to David Brotsky for the photo.
The retail space next to 154 West 70th Street (once Cafe Mozart) is slated to become “a model apartment showroom for a 60-story building going up on Broadway in the 80s,” Lisa tells us. She spoke to a contractor on scene. It’s not yet clear which building it will be showcasing (we know of no 60-story buildings rising in the 80s, though there are some shorter buildings being constructed).